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Wednesday, April 15: A Successful Rally With Redskins Auctioneers

Posted by Matt Terl on April 15, 2009 – 11:24 am

Safety Kareem Moore had no doubt what the focus of last night’s Cooley’s Rally For The Cure event was. When he showed up in a lightly-checked pink shirt, the question had to be asked: did you wear pink on purpose?

And he seemed mildly offended that we even had to ask. “Of course,” he said. “It’s breast cancer, isn’t it?”

It was indeed — more specifically, it was about Relay For Life. And between the cost of admission and the lively charity auction, Relay For Life will be receiving more than $20,000 as a result of last night’s event.

I saw Tanner Cooley at Redskins Park yesterday afternoon and asked him for information I could put up about the event; much of what he told me made it into yesterday’s post on the subject. But when I asked him if he could specify what players would be there, he shrugged and said that he didn’t have a whole lot of firm confirmations yet. Sometimes, that would be a cause for concern, but it didn’t seem to be a problem last night.

In addition to Moore and (obviously) Chris Cooley, other players in attendance included Clinton Portis, Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth, Colt Brennan, Devin Thomas, Chris Horton, Renaldo Wynn, Reed Doughty, Justin Tryon, Todd Collins, Zac Atterberry, Anthony Alridge, Tyson Smith, and probably a few more that I’m forgetting, along with a few coaches and other assorted team officials. And every single one of them seemed legitimately pleased to be able to help Chris and Tanner’s mother Nancy with her campaign.

Some of the guys helped simply by being there, and by being willing (as promised) to mingle with the fans, sign a few autographs, and posing for a few pictures. I saw Renaldo Wynn chat with the guys from Hogs Haven for what had to be 45 minutes, and he was far from the only one.

Then there were the guys who helped financially, by bidding for items in the auction. Colt Brennan, for example, bid on and won a Doug Williams autographed football. I asked him afterward if he had done it simply to drive the price up, and (again) got looked at like I was some sort of idiot. “Are you kidding? It’s a DOUG. WILLIAMS. football. Redskins Super Bowl MVP, for two hundred dollars? That was the steal of the night.”

And then there were the guys who helped by leading the auction. And I’ll be honest: I had no idea so many of the players would prove to be capable auctioneers.Albert Haynesworth, for example, did an excellent job extolling the virtues of a spa package — “Ladies, don’t you want someone to rub your feet?” — and introducing himself to the crowd while proclaiming his dislike of the Cowboys. On the whole, a successful public appearance for the big offseason acquisition.

Jason Campbell got one of the biggest cheers of the night when he took the mic to auction off a Mike Sellers football, and actually tried to do the whole motormouth auction-caller thing at least for a bit. (The crowd noise in these videos is pretty loud, so you may want to adjust your speakers accordingly.)


And Devin Thomas wasn’t showy, but he did manage to add “running an auction” to his recent list of accomplishments.


Even Clinton Portis (in Washington Nationals cap) got into the act, driving up the price of a helmet not by having more people agree to sign it (which would make some sort of sense) but by simply mentioning who had touched it in the course of the auction — Chief Zee, Jason Campbell, whoever.


For more pictures of the event, check out Brandon Weight’s Flickr stream, Cooley’s blog, and Hogs Haven.

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